• Research Project Team

    • Dr Michelle Sleed,
    • Prof. Peter Fonagy,
    • Tessa Baradon


  • Background

    The PIP RCT is looking at outcomes of the Anna Freud Centre model of Parent-Infant Psychotherapy compared to the health and support services that are routinely available to parents and young infants in their local areas.

  • Aims

    • To evaluate the outcomes of PIP versus routine care for maternal mental health

    • To evaluate the outcomes of PIP versus routine care for infant development

    • To evaluate the outcomes of PIP versus routine care for the parent-infant relationship
  • Methodology

    Mother-infant dyads were referred by health and social care professionals from a number of inner city London sites. Participants were randomly allocated to either the treatment group, being offered weekly sessions of ‘Parent-Infant Psychotherapy’, or the control group, receiving routine care.

    Mother-infant dyads were assessed at three time points (baseline, 6 month and 12 month follow up) using a standardised battery of outcome measures looking at maternal variables, infant variables and the parent-infant relationship.

  • Results

    The recruitment and data collection has now been completed and the results are being written up for publication.

Our use of cookies

We use necessary cookies to make our site work. We’d also like to set optional analytics to help us improve it. We won’t set optional cookies unless you enable them. Using this tool will set a cookie on your device to remember your preferences.

For more detailed information about the cookies we use, see our Cookies page

Necessary cookies

Necessary cookies enable core functionality such as security, network management, and accessibility. You may disable these by changing your browser settings, but this may affect how the website functions.

Analytics cookies

We’d like to set non-essential cookies, such as Google Analytics, to help us to improve our website by collecting and reporting information on how you use it. The cookies collect information in a way that does not directly identify anyone. For more information on how these cookies work, please see our Cookies page. If you are 16 or under, please ask a parent or carer for consent before accepting.